Jail time for Maine egg distributors should prompt caution, diligence from other food execs, attorney says
Food company executives should be on notice that a new federal emphasis on cracking down on food safety violations could land them in jail, should their company be found liable for food-borne disease outbreaks, after a federal appeals court upheld jail sentences for two corporate officers found responsible for failing to prevent the distribution of eggs contaminated with salmonella that affected 56,000 people.
In a landmark decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that graduate students employed at private universities have the right to unionize. And while benefits won in potential collective bargaining may increase costs and tuition, it may also open colleges and universities to greater risks of being sued.
The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) has appointed a new president. Vincent F. Cornelius was selected as president of the ISBA during the association’s 140th annual meeting. Cornelius joins ISBA from the Law Office of Vincent F. Cornelius, with offices in Joliet and Wheaton, where he is principal. He is the bar association’s 140th president and the first African-American in this position.